New Zealand is well-known for its abundance of sheep. Though levels aren't quite what they were a 25 years back, there are still 31.1 million sheep grazing our fields at the last count, according to Statistics New Zealand. That's more than seven sheep for every person that's living in this country, and someone has to look after them all: Our raft of intrepid sheep farmers.
Though the amount of beef cattle wandering New Zealand's fields don't quite reach the dizzying numbers of sheep, there are still a fair few mooching about - 3.7 million were counted in June 2012, with the vast majority of them found in the North Island. It's down to Aotearoa's beef farmers to tend to this bevy of bovines, and, alongside their sheep-farming brethren, work impossibly hard to ensure that only the finest livestock depart the gates.